David Coburn is one of UKIP’s only gay politicians, and he now wants to be the anti-Europe party’s leader.
The gay Scottish politician, who received just 1.2% of the vote in his constituency of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, has said he has ‘had enough’ of ‘single issue loonies’.
The UK Independence Party’s vote collapsed in this month’s snap General Election, with the overall vote share around 2%.
UKIP was once seen as the UK’s ‘fourth’ party, which reached four million in 2015, was virtually wiped out in local elections and lost their only MP last Thursday (8 June).
Leader Paul Nuttall was humiliated in Boston and Skegness. Even though nearly three-quarters of the constituency voted to leave in the EU referendum, he received just 3,308 votes – a fall of 26 percentage points on the party’s 2015 result.
Coburn, who received 540 votes and lost his deposit in the race, announced his candidacy for UKIP leader on Twitter.
He said: ‘I am announcing my candidacy for UKIP Leader this time to stop Entryists Diletantes and Single issue loonies i have had enough.
‘UKIP drifted away from their core voters of late i intend to return to patriotic working people who need a party to support them [sic].’
While Coburn might be gay, he is not interested in LGBTI rights.
When same-sex marriage was being debated, he described advocates as ‘equality Nazis’ and claimed marriage between two men or two women ‘makes a mockery of the holy sacrament’. He claims same-sex marriage ‘breeds homophobia’ and described it as ‘false bollocks’.
Coburn previously made headlines when, in April 2015, he was blocked indefinitely from Wikipedia for attempting to edit his own page 69 times in six days.